Wednesday, August 13, 2008

How to pick the right foundation....


if you're gonna ask me what i hate the most about buying makeup...that would be picking up the right foundation. it's either a hit or a miss...and most of the time, it'll be a miss. i would then end up mixing several shades just to get my exact shade or i'll just adjust the color using powders.


honestly, i am still on the look out for my perfect shade of foundation in the market. something that will really melt and blend on my skin right before my eyes... something that will make me look flawless without looking made up.


but i ain't giving up yet...

anyways, here are some tips i've found on About.Beauty on how to pick the right foundation for you:

1. Consider your skin type. Before you pick the right shade, you need to find out the right formulation for your skin. Are you oily? Dry? Combination?

2. Pick the right formula. If you're oily, look for words like 'oil-free' or 'oil-control' on the bottle. Got dry skin? Go for moisturizing foundations with 'hydrating' or 'moisture-rich' wording on the bottle. For combo skin, determine if you're more oily or dry and go from there. Cream-to-powder bases work great for combo skin.

3. Show up to the makeup counter with a clean, fresh face. It's OK to wear eye makeup or lipstick, even moisturizer on your face, but you don't want to show up already wearing foundation.

4. Select a few colors that seem close to your natural skin tone. Go for the yellow-based foundations, which look most natural on all skin tones. However, if you're very fair, try a pink, cooler shade.

5. Apply a couple dots of each color on areas of your jawline (the inner wrist or hand aren't the best spots, contrary to popular belief).

6. Take a good, long look -- near a window. Ask to borrow a hand mirror and stand near a doorway, or step outside, to see which foundation looks best in the natural light. The right shade is one that you can't see because it blends in so well. If you are purchasing from a drugstore, take a couple bottles to a doorway, hold them up to your neck and see which one matches the best.

7. Once you've bought the foundation, take it home and try it out. If you don't like it you can return it. (or in the philippines, you can have it exchanged...try to ask the saleslady about it and remember to keep your receipt)

Tips:

1. Try the color out on your jawline, not your wrist or hand

2. Remember to stand in a doorway or outside to see if the color matches

3. A foundation with sunscreen is a safe bet, but you will still need to wear sunscreen under your foundation. Also considering skipping foundation & opting for a tinted moisturizer instead.

4. Believe it or not, today foundation is totally optional. It's healthier for your skin NOT to wear foundation daily. If you have blemishes or pimples, try strategically placed concealer instead. Or just wear the foundation on the parts that need it most, likely around your nose & eyes & on your chin. Just make sure to blend properly.

5. Go for different looks for evening and day. A light foundation is perfect for work or weekend. While a sexy shimmer is great for evening.

When buying foundation, take your time...and don't let the SA pressure you into buying. What i do is i try it on and tell the SA that i'll just go back if i think i got my shade right. I know that sometimes you'd encounter snooty SAs who would even smirk on you when you tell them that...but who cares, right? at least you'd be sure you won't be wasting your money into something you can't use. besides, you are not obliged to buy anything for trying something no?

Sometimes, you'd really end up getting a wrong shade of foundation even though you thought you got it right. And worse, you won't be able to ask for an exchange (lost the receipt, etc)....don't fret. you can still use it. Try to mix it with other foundations you have and who knows, you might just have your exact shade, customized by who else, but YOU.

;)

tata!

4 comments:

sab said...

haha! you are totally right about rude SAs, usually when i go back to their counters, they won't be as helpful anymore, which is a big turnoff. i don't mind them though, it is my money i'm spending.

Askmewhats said...

Hi sis, definitely right on "don't let them pressure you" When I first bought my foundation, it was too light on me and I bought it!!!! I've learned that they always "thought" they knew your color but we knew our shade more than anyone else! :) thanks for the tips

moiheartsmakeup said...

i hate picking a foundie shade too hehe, it takes a lot of time and effort rather than getting a shade of eyeshadow or lippie. but you're right, it is the foundation of making or breaking a great makeup look. ;)

iamsutil said...

i also hate those snooty SAs, most especially when they follow you around and when you check an item they would tell you how much it is, when you're not even asking...or kasi nga you already know how much it is. when that happens to me i'd say "i know how much this is, i'm a frequent customer...bago ka dito ano?" i know i can be bitchy like that, but they started it anyway.

yeah nikki some SAs tend to act as if they know everything. i really hate those that would pressure you and would even offer you other stuffs which you don't need then when you decline, they will look down on you. as in asar ang ganun.

it's so hard talga to get your HG foundation...kaya i always end up mixing shades. or yun nga, use powders to correct the shade. hirap ng maarte no mhean? lol

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